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[[alternative]]The Associations of Health, Physical Activity and Functional Fitness among Older Adults

By [[author]]呂美玲, [[author]]Meiling Lu, 呂美玲 and Meiling Lu


[[abstract]]The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between health status, physical activity, and functional fitness among older adults. In addition, it was to investigate if perceived health status and self-report chronic illnesses were the predictors of physical activity and functional fitness. A total of 100 individuals, age between 65~80 who lived in Chung-li city, participated in current study. The study data was obtained by (1) structured questionnaire and interview and (2) examination of functional fitness by the researcher. The data was analyzed by Pearson’s Product-Moment Correlation and Multiple Regression. The results showed: (1) Functional health was positively associated with physical activity, upper- and lower-body muscular strength, aerobic endurance, agility/dynamic balance and shoulder flexibility; (2) Perceived health status was positively associated with upper- and lower-body muscular strength, aerobic endurance, agility/dynamic balance and lower-body flexibility; self-report chronic diseases was negatively associated with physical activity, agility/dynamic balance and shoulder flexibility and lower-body flexibility; (4) Physical Activity positively associated with aerobic endurance, shoulder flexibility, agility/dynamic balance and lower-body flexibility; (5) Self-report chronic illnesses was the predictor of physical activity; (6) Perceived health status was the predictor of lower-body muscular strength, upper-body muscular strength, aerobic endurance, agility/dynamic balance and lower-body flexibility. According to the results of this study, there were two major findings: (1) Self-report chronic illnesses were able to predict physical activity, and (2) Perceived health status was able to predict functional fitness.

Topics: 日常生活活動, 工具性日常生活活動, 身體活動, 老年人, 功能性體適能, Activity of Daily Living, Instrument of Activity of Daily Living, Physical Activity, Older Adults, Functional Fitness, [[classification]]59
Year: 2010
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